Write Laws in Plain English!

Posted January 20, 2015  |  Filed under Fixing The Government

Now here is a new concept - lawmakers should write laws in plain English so the average person can read and understand them. As they are written now, you would need a large team of lawyers and researchers to figure out what is in a law. Not only should a law be written in plain English, it should be short and simple. There is no need for laws to be thousands of pages long. For example, the healthcare law that passed a couple of years back was 2,733 pages long. There is no reason for this. Did you know that that law that created the National Highway System was only about 30 to 40 pages long? Laws should be simple! They are written in a very complex manner and they don't need to be. In addition, they often refer to thousands of other laws so when you are trying to read a law, you need to go read all the other laws they refer to. One of the big reasons why people don't trust the government is they can't read and understand the laws they are passing. People have to trust what lawmakers say is in the laws. But they don't! People see the outcomes of these monstrosities. People often get hurt from laws because they don't know what is in them and most people don't have a huge legal staff to tell them. Another problem with laws is the regulations that are created from the laws. But I am going to cover that in another article. Take my word, it is a major problem.

So here is my remedy:

  1. Laws must be written in plain English so that a kid in high school can understand it. When a law is written, it should be read by several kids in high school and if they don't understand it, it must be rewritten until it passes the test.
  2. Laws must not exceed 10 pages in length. If they end up being longer than 10 pages, then it needs to be rewritten, or split up into separate laws.
  3. Laws must not refer to other laws. If a law cannot stand on its own merits, get rid of it.
  4. Laws must be posted on the Internet for 3 months prior to being voted on. And when posted it must be very easy to find and well advertised so people know it is out there.
  5. If a law affects more than 5% of the population or has a high cost, then the law must be put on a ballot and the people must pass the law.
  6. When lawmakers attach amendments to the law, the amendment must be related to the law. If it is not related to the law, it must be submitted as a separate law. In addition, amendments must follow the rules stated above.
  7. Apply all of the above rules to all of the laws currently on the books.
  8. These rules should be made a constitutional amendment so they can't be changed or broken.

If these rules are implemented, there will be a huge amount of benefits. Here is a list of the main benefits that would result from these rules:

  1. The government would run much more efficiently and reduce a ton of waste.
  2. The cost savings would be enormous.
  3. People would start to trust the government again.

There would be many other benefits resulting from implementing these rules - too many to list. I am sure you can come up with several.

As I previously stated, there is no reason whatsoever for laws to be written as they currently are, unless they are trying to hide something from the people. It is a no-brainer! It is not rocket science. The bottom line is that this country would be much better if these rules are implemented. And if you are a politician reading this article and think that this is worth studying in a committee, don't! Just do it. All committees do is waste money and rarely come up with a good solution. And I will be covering that in another article as well.

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